Reblogged from Phil Nichols on the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies Facebook page.
One hundred years ago today on December 7, 1915 the writer Leigh Brackett was born. One of the leading American science fiction and fantasy writers from the 1940s onwards, she also became a noted screenwriter, achieving successes with films ranging from The Big Sleep to The Empire Strikes Back.
Leigh Brackett and Ray Bradbury were close friends from Ray’s earliest years in Los Angeles. They even helped each other out with some problematic compositions. They read each other’s manuscripts almost weekly during the early 1940s, and when Ray had trouble starting his story “The Scythe”, Leigh wrote the first six hundred words for him. In return, he wrote the second half of her novella “Lorelei of the Red Mist”.
This photo of Ray and Leigh is from the Len and June Moffatt collection of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society.